Endless onslaught of atmospheric river events in California claim 14 lives, residents urged to be hyper-vigilant

Endless onslaught of atmospheric river events in California claim 14 lives, residents urged to be hyper-vigilant

California is once again under threat as an energetic low pressure system quickly gathers strength off the West Coast, bringing with it heavy precipitation, thunderstorms and several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada region. This, along with already saturated soils and high river levels, is expected to exacerbate ongoing flooding, prolong the risk of flash flooding, and mudslides, especially in recent burn scar regions. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for residents to be prepared, as the heavy rainfall, especially in southern California, is expected to be excessive today and tonight.

Parade of intense storms continues to batter California — rapid river rises, mudslides, and burn scar flash floods expected

Parade of intense storms continues to batter California — rapid river rises, mudslides, and burn scar flash floods expected

The continuous rounds of heavy rain on already saturated soils across California will likely lead to significant flooding, rapid river rises, mudslides, and flash floods or debris flows in burn scar areas. In addition, gusty winds may cause trees and power lines to fall. Travel in the mountains may also be hazardous due to heavy snowfall.

Major storm and atmospheric river impact California

Major storm and atmospheric river impact California

A major storm and atmospheric river are poised to impact California today and Thursday with heavy to excessive rainfall, flooding with debris flows and landslides near recent burn scar areas, heavy mountain snow and high winds.

Large sinkhole closes Oakland Zoo after major storm, California

Large sinkhole closes Oakland Zoo after major storm, California

A major sinkhole caused by a collapsed culvert formed under the vehicle entrance to the Oakland Zoo in California, U.S. after an unprecedented amount of rainfall hit the region over the past couple of days.